Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of noun frightening

1 sense of frightening

Sense 1
terrorization, terrorisation, frightening -- (the act of inspiring with fear)
       => bullying, intimidation -- (the act of intimidating a weaker person to make them do something)

Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of verb frighten

2 senses of frighten

Sense 1
frighten, fright, scare, affright -- (cause fear in; "The stranger who hangs around the building frightens me"; "Ghosts could never affright her")
       => stimulate, shake, shake up, excite, stir -- (stir the feelings, emotions, or peace of; "These stories shook the community"; "the civil war shook the country")
          Phrasal Verb-> frighten off#1; frighten away#1

Sense 2
frighten -- (drive out by frightening)
       => chase away, drive out, turn back, drive away, dispel, drive off, run off -- (force to go away; used both with concrete and metaphoric meanings; "Drive away potential burglars"; "drive away bad thoughts"; "dispel doubts"; "The supermarket had to turn back many disappointed customers")

Antonyms of adj frightening

1 sense of frightening

Sense 1
awful, dire, direful, dread (prenominal), dreaded, dreadful, fearful, fearsome, frightening, horrendous, horrific, terrible -- (causing fear or dread or terror; "the awful war"; "an awful risk"; "dire news"; "a career or vengeance so direful that London was shocked"; "the dread presence of the headmaster"; "polio is no longer the dreaded disease it once was"; "a dreadful storm"; "a fearful howling"; "horrendous explosions shook the city"; "a terrible curse")

INDIRECT (VIA alarming) -> unalarming -- (not alarming; assuaging alarm)

Similarity of adj frightening

1 sense of frightening

Sense 1
awful, dire, direful, dread (prenominal), dreaded, dreadful, fearful, fearsome, frightening, horrendous, horrific, terrible -- (causing fear or dread or terror; "the awful war"; "an awful risk"; "dire news"; "a career or vengeance so direful that London was shocked"; "the dread presence of the headmaster"; "polio is no longer the dreaded disease it once was"; "a dreadful storm"; "a fearful howling"; "horrendous explosions shook the city"; "a terrible curse")
       => alarming (vs. unalarming) -- (frightening because of an awareness of danger)

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